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Melissa Manfull: Schemata
November 2, 2013 – December 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday November 2, 6-8PM
Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Schemata, a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Melissa Manfull. The exhibit will run from November 2 – December 14, 2013. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, November 2 from 6-8PM.
For her current series, Manfull continues to explore themes of control and chaos in her dense application of ink on panel. Her interest here is on game systems that create a psychological fixation, such as in gambling environments (pachinko), repetitive play machines (pinball) and board games. Incorporating the iconography from these games, the artist creates hypnotic patterns of hyper-detailed structures, enticing viewers into a visual trance, much like the addictive games themselves.
Manfull is interested in the discrepancy between the visual language of game design and the actual games being played, hinting at the arbitrary use of certain symbols and themes. Working with a fluorescent, playful palette borrowed from the games themselves, Manfull explores the simultaneously flat and three dimensional aspects of games, while creating her own visual world of conflating feelings and images.
Melissa Manfull received her MFA from Concordia University in Montreal and has exhibited her artwork at The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, High Energy Constructs in Los Angeles, and Bourget Gallery in Montreal, among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles. This is her third solo exhibition at Taylor De Cordoba.
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Hadley Holliday: New Paintings
September 14, 2013 – October 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday Sept 14, 6-8PM
“The eye can travel over the surface in a way parallel to the way it moves over nature. It should feel caressed and soothed, experience frictions and ruptures, glide and drift. Vision can be arrested, tripped up or pulled back in order to float free again.” – Bridget Riley, The Eye’s Mind
Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present New Paintings, a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Hadley Holliday. The exhibit will run from September 14 – October 26, 2013. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, September 14 from 6-8PM.
For Holliday’s second exhibition at Taylor De Cordoba, the artist presents a new series of acrylic paintings that continue an exploration of a meditative visual experience. Holliday creates psychedelic patterns of interlocking circles, which form arched, expansive spaces of depth and transparency. While her previous body of work centered around a bold shade of blue, here, Holliday expands her palette, incorporating hues of gray, pink and gold. Within these patterns, sections of raw canvas remain exposed and function as negative space, alongside contrasting clouded or darkened areas of oil paint and metal leaf.
Holliday’s process begins with a pencil line drawing of a precise geometric arrangement of radiating circles that grows outwards towards a horizon line. Slowly, she begins to disrupt the visual balance by slicing lines through the circles and erasing sections. The image moves further away from geometric accuracy, as circles begin to resemble amorphous shapes. The underlying structure further breaks down as puddles of liquid paint flow from one section to the next. These intentional “accidents” and imperfections yield absorbing compositions, inviting viewers into a meditative visual experience, not unlike the one Holliday enters during the painting process.
Hadley Holliday lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from CalArts in 2004 and has exhibited widely, most recently at Carl Solway Gallery (Cincinnati), the Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC), and Torrance Art Museum. Reviews of her exhibitions have appeared in Aeqai, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Art LTD, among others. This is her second solo exhibition at Taylor de Cordoba.
Kyle Field: Wide Daylight
June 8, 2013 – July 27, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday June 8, 6-8PM
Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Wide Daylight, a solo exhibition of new work by artist and musician, Kyle Field. The exhibit will run from June 8 – July 27, 2013. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, June 8 from 6-8PM.
For this exhibition, Field presents whimsical paintings and drawings that closely relate to Little Wings, the artist’s music project. Specifically, Field is thinking about his most recent album, entitled LAST. Choosing this title is emblematic of the artist’s penchant for word play, which drives both his visual and musical arts. Is it the “last” album or an album that “lasts”? His new drawings (which include original posters and album covers) are ambiguous and dreamlike, infused with poetic phrases that suggest a visceral idea yet lack any specificity.
Field’s whimsical scenes are inspired primarily by the abstraction of myth peppered with references to the here and now. A face will appear innocent and childlike yet also stained with the wisdom of age. In one piece, five distorted figures are frolicking (dancing?) underneath a banner that reads, “Another Vague Greeting.” Field’s process is organic – rather than mapping out a plan, he allows one mark to build upon the next until a scene appears. His palette of deep browns, pinks, teals, and emerald greens floats within a graphic layout of ink, watercolor, colored pencil, collage and even spray paint. To complement the works on paper, Field introduces several new mediums included ceramic hand-painted cups (in collaboration with local ceramicist Rebekah Miles) and a pair of wood burned clogs.
Kyle Field lives and works in Southern California. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including Atelier Cardenas Bellanger (Paris, France), Le Confort Moderne (Poitiers, France), The Palais des Beaux-Arts BOZAR, (Brussels, Belgium), Musée Janisch (Switzerland) Cinders Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) and New Image Art (Los Angeles, CA). He has been featured in Artnet, Artinfo.com, New American Paintings and Le Monde. He also performs as a musician under the name Little Wings. He received his BA from UCLA in 1998.
SIMONE SHUBUCK: Do You Like Old Things or New Things That Look Old?
April 27 – June 1, 2013
In celebration of the the gallery’s new Culver City location,Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Do You Like Old Things, or New Things That Look Old?, a solo exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Simone Shubuck. The exhibition will run from April 27 – June 1, 2013 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, April 27th from 6 – 8PM.
“Do you like old things, or new things that look old?” is a question Shubuck heard a teenage boy ask his friend many years ago. The idea resonated with her and became the inspiration for this current exhibition. With her new series of energetic works on paper, Shubuck considers our relationship with the past and acknowledges that oftentimes what we think of as “new” are really old ideas re-imagined, recycled or “knocked off.” While the present moment is defined by an ever accelerating pace of innovation, the past is always close at hand providing inspiration and perspective.
Using analog materials of paper, pencil, crayon and paint, the artist communicates using a visual language rooted in floral and plant life. Collaging old drawings, antique photographs and lithographs into the work gives her a path to directly and physically embrace the past. Dense areas of detailed linework and fluid, abstract gestural fields of color create a palpable push and pull in the work. Focusing on this tension makes Shubuck’s latest body of work feel completely new.
Simone Shubuck lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1993 and has exhibited at numerous galleries included Susie Q. Zurich (Switzerland), Jack Hanley Gallery (San Francisco), Kantor Feuer (Los Angeles) and Zach Feuer Gallery (New York). Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This is her first exhibition with Taylor De Cordoba.
JEN PACK: UnQuiet Chroma
November 3 – December 15, 2012
PRESS RELEASE : For Immediate Release
Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present UnQuiet Chroma, a solo exhibition of new works by Colorado- based artist Jen Pack. The exhibition will run from November 3 – December 15, 2012 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, November 3rd from 6 – 8PM.
UnQuiet Chroma is a reference to the artist’s unique perception of color. From a young age, Pack sensed she could feel or hear colors, an extra sense beyond the visual. This synesthesia, or union of senses, is undoubtedly a primary motivator for the artist and explains her intense focus on color in her abstract textile collages.
The finished work is the result of dualities in process, materials and perception. It begins with
disassembly and reassembly. The artist starts by machine stitching together strips of vividly-hued chiffon, moshi fabric and cotton. This is a quiet meditative exercise, a process familiar and comfortable for the artist, who grew up seeing her mother and sisters sewing in the home. With so many pieces of varying thicknesses and elasticities sewn together, the result is an unruly assemblage of texture.
Next the artist begins to stretch the fabric onto a wooden frame, a process of intense physicality, yielding sweat, sore thumbs and shoulders for the artist, and sometimes rips and tears for the fabric collage. The stretching begins to tame and smooth out the fabric. Unexpected variations in how sections respond to the force of stretching can create the most interesting parts of the work. Often the piece will require multiple stretchings, until the surface is smooth and the pattern emerges.
The finished work has the appearance of digital pixelation, belying the rigorous and tactile hand-crafted quality of the work. There is a tension as the process emerges as “too clean” and the hand of the artist is superseded by precision. For Pack, it is on that edge where the work “sings”.
Jen Pack lives and works in Durango, Colorado. She received her BFA from Art Center College of
Design in Pasadena, CA in 1997 and her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2008. Reviews of her
work have appeared in New American Paintings, ArtWeek, Art LTD and The Los Angeles Times among
Taylor De Cordoba is located at 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. 310.559.9156
Frohawk Two Feathers
All Gold Everything. An Elegy
September 8 – October 27, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 6-8PM
Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present All Gold Everything. An Elegy, a new series of paintings on paper by Los Angeles artist, Frohawk Two Feathers. The exhibition will run from September 8 – October 27, 2012 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 8th from 6 – 8PM.
All gold. All gold anything. (x4) I want. I want everything.
All gold. All gold anything. (x2) All gold. All gold everything.
So begins Soulja Boy and Young L’s 2011 hip-hop hit “All Gold Everything.” And so ends the final chapter of Frohawk’s trilogy detailing the battles for and the eventual conquest of Hispaniola. Beginning in LA in 2011 and looping across the country to NY, Denver, and back to LA again, the story follows Andre Lafayette (a character loosely based on Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines) and his confederates as they eliminate (and co-opt) their former colonial masters, the Company Crocodile, and anyone who would stand in their way.
In his typical complex fashion, Frohawk weaves layered and at times clashing stories of falsified, glorified, and rectified histories that draw upon various traditions and religions, forming connections across time and geographical space.
Although still painted in his recognizable and signature style, the works in All Gold Everything. An Elegy highlight a brighter, more vivid, and tropical color palette of vibrant blues, yellows and lush greens. Stylistically, Frohawk creates his own iconographic language, mixing Egyptian, Carib/Arawak, African, Pre-Columbian, and Abrahamic symbolism. This convergence of both domestic and imported religions and cultural traditions results in a syncretism typical of Frohawk’s graphic interwoven tales.
Works include “Let Me Upgrade Ya,” and “Most Young Kings (The Death of Andre I)” demonstrating the artist’s continuous vocal narrative and visual mix of all things current and past.
Frohawk Two Feathers has exhibited internationally with shows in Miami, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. and Cape Town. His work is currently on view at the MCA Denver for his solo exhibition We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls. The artist has been featured in myriad publications including Art in America, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Flaunt, New American Paintings and The Huffington Post, among others. He lives and works in Los Angeles.